Stained Glass Nativity

I finally finished my latest puzzle and I have to say….

I’m pretty sure it’s my favorite Christmas puzzle of all time.

The colors are so bright and happy and the finished project is positively stunning!

We took the decorations down a couple of weeks ago–

but I still can’t make myself put this last thing away.

It makes me smile every time I walk past it.

Someone asked me why I didn’t just glue it all together and hang it on the wall–but I can’t.

This puzzle is going to be worn out from being put together over and over and over again.

The Santa Mugs Tradition


I’ve heard of people making a tradition out of drinking hot chocolate from adorable little Santa mugs for Christmas Eve. I loved the idea, I bought two mugs and did my very best to save them for the night before Christmas. Ha.

I lasted about 10 minutes.

Trouble is, they are so DANG cute and fun to hold and even more fun to drink from, that welllllll…

I’m afraid that the official word on the new tradition at our house will be– to drink hot chocolate and herb tea and Postum and anything else you can think of out of these happy little mugs every chance you get for as long as possible.  Besides, they are too awesome to use once and then be done with them for a year.

So, if you’re looking for me, I’ll be the one with the cocoa mustache  drinking shamelessly from the Kringle mug on December 17.  Try to be brave.

I’m a rebel.





A Real Dang Tree!


Real tree. Real tree. Realtreerealtreerealtree. REAL TREEEEE!!

First one in about 25 years. It’s a funny shape and a little pinched and I don’t care because it’s REAL and it smells heavenly.

Ask me if I’m excited. Go ahead…

ask me.

Hee hee…


Crochet Nativity


I pinned this Crochet Nativity months and months ago, thinking….yeah, someday. But then, my sweet April sent me a text with this very link, saying, “Make this for me PLEASE!!”

Her birthday is in early December, so I didn’t have much time. I made Baby Jesus first so that if I only got that far, all would not be lost. The blanket in the pattern didn’t do it for me so I made my own by simply crocheting a yellow rectangle and tying  four-inch pieces of yarn to it. It turned out just the way I wanted it to and it’s not nearly as messy as loose pieces of string.


Mary came next.  In the pattern her head dress is much shorter and blunt–almost like some kind of helmet. I wanted her to have a softer look so I made it longer and rolled it gently back–for a fabric-type look. Isn’t she adorable?


I was slightly temped to stop here and tell my daughter that Mary would be trying out the single parent thing for a year or so….

but that felt lame- and just a tad disrespectful.


So with only a day left before her birthday, Joseph made it to the event–just in time!

I also made his head dress longer and rolled back, but the biggest change is his beard. I think one of the most charming features of these little characters is their smile, but in the pattern, Joseph didn’t have one–and that didn’t seem right. So, instead of having a clear cut mustache and beard, I just made a triangle and sewed a smile on it.

Wahoo! Happy Joseph!


I’m pretty sure they were all very happy that night.

We were too.